BRISTOL – pt 3

Bristol is one of Britain’s most attractive and historic cities. It was a rich trading port from the Middle Ages specialising in the wine industry from France, Spain and Portugal. It developed elegant housing areas like Clifton in the eighteenth century and it still rivals Bath. Then along came Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the great Victorian engineer – who connected Bristol to London by rail and built the first great ocean liner the SS Great Britain in Bristol… not to mention his iconic Clifton suspension bridge. In the 21st century Bristol is a high-powered banking and service industry centre with a very lively and extensive waterside entertainment and cultural area. In this guide we take you to the excellent M-Shed museum of Bristol. It celebrates in a very lively way the people, the places and the good times of the city. Then we hop across a couple of hundred metres only to the Arnolfini contemporary art gallery also on Bristol’s waterfront. It runs to twenty minutes.